Lake business owners seeing big improvement from last year


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

AURORA, Ky. - David and Jaymi Tarnowski know what hard work is.

"If it's not open, we are not making money," said Jaymi Tarnowski.

In 1999, they took over Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages, but it's hasn't always been easy.  For the first time since 2004, they say business is on an upswing.

"It's a lot better than it has been and we're grateful," she said.

A lot of it has to do with the weather.  Last year's triple digit temps caused a double digit dip in business.  They estimate business was down between 30 and 40%.  Tarnowski says the cooler weather is bringing in more business.  Their rooms are more than 80% booked for this weekend.

Down the road at Ken Lake Marina, owner Mike Romano is happy with the holiday sales, but he isn't entirely content.  When voters decided to keep Marshall County dry last year, he says businesses, like his, took a hit.

"If this was a wet county, we would probably double our restaurant business and double the traffic that probably comes to Ken Lake," Romano said.

Back at the cottages, the Tarnowski's are counting their blessings because they've managed to keep their open sign lit, even if business hasn't always been as bright.

"The community was doing much better than it was," Jaymi said.